Pope Visit UK 2010
September 18, 2010 by USA Post
Bill Kilgallen, president of the Catholic National Commission for Protection (NCSC) told the BBC:”They were understandably very excited about the prospect of meeting the Pope, but looking forward to the opportunity to tell their experiences. ” ‘
The meeting at the home of the Vatican ambassador in the United Kingdom in Wimbledon, south west London, came after the pope apologized for the “heinous crimes” committed by Catholic priests that sexually abused children.
In the most strongly worded public apology for his state visit to date, the Pontiff spoke of the “shame and humiliation” brought by the scandal.
He told the congregation at Westminster Cathedral in London: “I think of the immense suffering caused by child abuse, especially within the Church and its ministers.
“Above all, I express my deepest sympathy to the innocent victims of these heinous crimes, along with my hope that the power of the grace of Christ, his sacrifice of reconciliation, bring deep healing and peace to their lives.
“We also recognize you the embarrassment and humiliation that we have all suffered because of these sins.”
The apology comes after he acknowledged this week that the Catholic Church had failed to deal decisively with abusive priests or quickly enough.
The closed meeting is the fifth time the pope has met survivors of clerical sexual abuse. One of the victims are understood to have suffered abuse in an Irish institution.
The Pope met with victims of clerical abuse in the U.S., Australia, Rome and Malta earlier this year that reportedly reduced to tears.
The statement issued by the Holy See said the Pope, and on other occasions, he had prayed for all victims of abuse “could experience the healing and reconciliation, and be able to overcome their past and present difficulties with serenity and hope the future. ”
The statement added that the pope would meet a group of professionals and volunteers dedicated to the protection of children and youth in church environments.
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